As you know, I not only make a lot of podcasts, I also listen to a lot of podcasts. And despite the sheer number of them that I listen to, it seems I’m always looking for new ones. Enter the Ghostman and Demon Hunter Show. Shaun Burris and Nathan Schoonover host this weekly internet talk show where they interview experts in the field of paranormal investigations, specifically the practice of attempting to contact the spirits of the dead.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where I stand on this phenomenon. I don’t like to preach religion or politics here, but I will tell you that I don’t believe this life is the be-all and end-all of existence. And once you believe that, no matter what else you may believe, is it that big a stretch to think that some of the departed may attempt to contact the living from time to time? The real question, to me, is whether or not there is any legitimacy to those who style themselves investigators of the paranormal, or the techniques they use.
While I don’t think this show will necessarily convince anybody who’s a skeptic, or for that matter, anybody who wants to believe, I think if you’re open to the possibility it is fun to listen to. Burris and Schoonover have a good chemistry with one another, and the experts they bring onto the show always have a different, unique perspective to offer. They discuss different phenomenon, the different equipment ghost hunters tend to use, they play EVP recordings on the show (EVP, short for Electronic Voice Phenomena, is a term that refers to anomylous sounds picked up on audio recordings that some believe to be attempts by apparitions to contact the living) and have a lot of testimonies from people who claim to have had contact with those on the Other Side.
It’s kind of long for a podcast — the weekly episodes often approach the two hour range — and for some reason Shaun often litters the opening segments of the show with the sort of goofy sound bytes and audio clips that morning DJs throw on the radio and made me turn off the radio and start listening to podcasts in the first place. But once I got past those sometimes frustrating moments into the real content, the show does provide food for thought. Even if there’s nothing to the phenomenon, if nothing else, listening to the show has given me a few ideas for segments of The Curtain. If you’re interested in this sort of thing at all, give it a listen.